Whose Mental Health Suffered the Most During Covid-19 Lockdown?

Nigeria has seen the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases in Africa, with more than 160,657 cases, 145,399 recoveries, and 2,013 deaths. 

Dr Abiodun Musbau Lawal writes in The Conversation of findings in a small study undertaken with a sample of largely male participants. "The toll of the coronavirus pandemic on physical health and lives worldwide is enormous. But the disease and the lockdown measures have had an impact on mental health too. Some of the mental health issues that have been reported due to Covid-19 include anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, insomnia, post-traumatic disorders, boredom, loneliness, and adjustment problems. As Nigeria continues to battle with the challenges of Covid-19, it is worth noting that the categories of individuals who are most susceptible to psychological problems under these circumstances are the unmarried, the unemployed, the less educated, and those from the northern parts of the country. These people should receive due attention in intervention programmes. As far as we knew, no previous research had examined the influence of socio-demographic characteristics on mental health among Nigerians during Covid-19 lockdown, Dr Lawal wrote.

 

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